Salt Creek Wine Tasting & Dinner Raises $112,000 for Charity

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Record Proceeds to Assist Monmouth County Families in Need

RUMSON – Hope for Children Foundation (HFCF) of New Jersey is thrilled to announce that a record $112,000 was raised as a result of Salt Creek Grille’s Annual Wine & Martini Fundraiser on April 10th. The amount far surpasses any total previously raised in the history of the event, according to the upscale Rumson eatery.

“On behalf of Hope for Children Foundation, I want to extend our gratitude and appreciation to Steve Bidgood and Salt Creek Grille for dedicating its annual fundraiser to our organization,” said Eric Hinds, co-founder, HFCF. “Not only did the event raise a tremendous amount of money for HFCF, but everyone in attendance was blown away by the delicious food, outstanding cocktails, entertainment by the Bobby Boyd Trio and auctioneer, Big Joe Henry who helped raise a lot of money in the live auction.”

Not only was Salt Creek Grille’s Managing Partner passionately involved with helping HFCF’s mission, Salt Creek employees also took the initiative to make a difference. Inspired by the event, Salt Creek staff member Brendan Kirchner ran the New Jersey Marathon on April 25th and agreed to use the event as a fundraising vehicle for HFCF. Not only did Kirchner turn in an impressive time of 3:06:34, good for 58th overall, but he also raised an additional $1600 for HFCF.

The evening was highlighted by an emotional moment where the members of HFCF and all guests in attendance paused for a moment of prayer for MaryBeth Walz and her son, Jude who is fighting for his life with a rare form of cancer.  MaryBeth is an instrumental part of HFCF as a co-founder and her absence at the event was sorely missed.   The 50/50 raffle was dedicated to helping MaryBeth with Jude’s medical costs.  There also was a very generous gesture by Michael Salerno and Adam LaRosa to help raise an additional $10,000 for Jude.  MaryBeth’s generosity over the many years with those in need was very much appreciated and everyone in the room wanted to help these two very special people.

“This is the type of event we dreamed about being involved with when we founded our charity,” said Karen Hinds, Treasurer, HFCF. “Our mission statement was to simply find a way to get together with friends to enjoy each other’s company while hopefully generating significant revenues for worthy causes. As always we are amazed at the overwhelming support and goodwill that exists in our community, and we thank everyone who was involved in making this extraordinary fundraising event such a wonderful evening.”

On October 6, 2014, HFCF will be hosting a golf outing at Spring Lake Golf Club honoring long time supporters, Joe and Debbie Curto.

HFCF is an all-volunteer 501 (c)(3) charitable organization consisting of young professionals, entrepreneurs and parents in Monmouth County working together to raise funds to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. HFCF was started 10 years ago with the simple goal of “getting together with family, friends and colleagues to make a difference in the community.” On an annual basis, HFCF identifies charitable organizations and individuals that will benefit from monies raised from various fundraisers. To date, HFCF has donated more than $2 million to local charities and families in need of assistance. For more information about HFCF, please log onto www.hfcf.org.